As we remember fallen heroes on Memorial Day, many around our great country also pay tribute to the family members of the brave men and women who lost their lives while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. ARVets, an Arkansas veteran assistance and support organization, spend Memorial Day 2013 serving at the Veterans Coalition picnic and attending the ADVA’s Memorial Day Ceremony at the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery. Their mission is to enhance the overall quality of life for military personnel, veterans and their families year-round in recognition of their service and sacrifices.
A hot topic in the legislature today is expanding Medicaid coverage to include private health insurance coverage for low-income adults. At ARVets we are committed to our mission of providing support and services to Arkansas veterans to enhance their quality of life and would like our friends to understand what this healthcare solution involves and how it could affect our veterans.
Statistics show approximately 20,300 Arkansas veterans are uninsured. The proposed solution involves using Medicaid funds to purchase private health insurance plans for low-income adults – the “private option.”
Middle-income adults may also benefit from the plan with the help of an advance tax credit to pay the premiums for private health insurance.